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Portugal training week will be 'hardcore' for Shrewsbury Town players, insists Chris Doig

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published: | Last Updated:

Shrewsbury Town's warm-weather camp in Portugal will provide a 'hardcore' week of work as pre-season kicks into gear, claims assistant boss Chris Doig.

No.2 Chris Doig

Paul Hurst will be taking his squad abroad for some intense training, doubling up as an opportunity for a new-look squad to bond.

Hurst's No.2 Doig revealed it would be 'ideal' for Town's summer business to be completed before the July trip but, with that unlikely, he added that the group is likely to contain a number of new faces.

Boss Hurst has targeted a dozen new players this summer, with Jon Nolan, Lenell John-Lewis and Arthur Gnahoua first through the door at Greenhous Meadow.

Doig, who arrived from Grimsby at the same time as Hurst, insists the players will be put through their paces on their travels.

"It was always our plans to get away," said Doig. "Really being on tour will be the real hardcore week because we have the opportunity to do that.

"We're with them all day, we've got the facilities, so it gives us a chance to give them a good blast and get them into shape.

"There'll also be work on a lot of things tactically as well.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it should be good and the lads will get a lot of benefit from it."

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Hurst has always been keen for his side to be as fit as possible and with several sessions along with a practice match against competitive opposition schedule, it is hoped the tour puts Town in a good place physically.

And Scottish assistant Doig added that the opportunity for a unfamiliar squad to live in each other's pockets will also prove beneficial long term.

He added: "Hopefully if we can get a large part of the squad assembled, there could be a lot of new faces there.

"Getting that trip away where they're all together 24/7 is vital in the lads getting to know each other, getting the bond together and creating a team spirit.

"It's a massive part of pre-season. It can get a little bit stale, shall we say, coming to the same place all of the time.

"So a change of scenery, getting them away together can only do good things."

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.

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